|This awesome pic of Labour politicians has its own caption included!|
It was the Labour Party-organised, astroturfed demo ‘against’ the Bedroom Tax yesterday. Despite the platform speakers’ repeated claims that it was about “Liverpool coming together”, the ultra-rich’s second favourite party had arranged near-identical protests in almost every major UK city, and no doubt very similar cross-class messages were put out everywhere. Not surprisingly, the various Labour politicians droned on and on about how bad the Bedroom Tax will be, but offered no wider perspective than blaming the coalition government, or any kind of strategy on how to stop evictions.
The crowd of maybe two hundred – small even compared to the recent Bootle anti-Bedroom Tax demo – was very divided, with a large percentage being Labour politicians, local party members or otherwise loyalists. But maybe half were activists from the growing Combat The Bedroom Tax movement, or otherwise unaligned real people looking for a way to fight against the destitution of themselves, their friends or family. This last group proved very receptive to our message that no political party can be trusted, and that community-based direct action is the only way to prevent the Bedroom Tax being implemented. More will come to our side once Labour disappear, the money doesn’t stretch far enough and the bailiffs come a-calling.